NICU Consortium Partnership

The NICU Consortium Partnership is a coalition of local public health staff, NICU staff, early intervention staff, primary care providers, lactation consultants, home health agencies, family advocates and other community agency staff who hope to “promote a coordinated system of discharge and follow up for babies and their families transitioning from the NICU to their … Read more >

Healthcare and Early Childhood Education Development Programs

Our education programs include the two day Beginning Rhythms classes. Section I focuses on Establishing Early Feeding and Sleep Routines and is intended for those providing in-home nursing and visitations, childcare providers, WIC staff. Section II focuses on Supporting Premature and Medically Complex Infants and Their Families. Other courses include the Parent-Child Interaction Feeding and … Read more >

Family Support Programs

Our Family Support Grant Program provides infant cribs from Cribs for Kids(R)to families in need to ensure a safe location for their baby to sleep. These Family Support Grants also provide in-home lactation consultation that supports healthy infant feeding practices, continuation of breastfeeding, mental health support and parent-child attachment. Grants are also provided for respite … Read more >

Safe Sleep Going Home

Through the Safe Sleep Going Home Program we provide wearable infant sleep sacs and safe sleep parent education materials for families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Hospital staff then provide the sleep sacs to families at discharge to reinforce safe sleep practices when families go home. The NICU staff may also make a … Read more >

The Incredible Years®

The Incredible Years® (IY) is a suite of prevention programs designed to increase a child’s success at school and at home by promoting positive parent, teacher, and child relationships. The program components have been shown to improve school performance, reduce child behavior problems, promote positive and consistent discipline, and support caregivers through a holistic approach … Read more >

The Nurse-Family Partnership®

Nurse-Family Partnership® is a relationship-based program that partners highly-trained professional nurses with vulnerable first-time mothers and their babies. The program transforms lives through improved pregnancy outcomes, promotion of child health and development, and the encouragement of economic self-sufficiency for families. Invest in Kids selected Nurse-Family Partnership® as our first program because of its life-changing impact … Read more >

Bright by Three and Bright by Text

Bright by Three’s traditional visitation program is a free, three-year curriculum based on seminal research findings from The Carolina Abecedarian Project, Hart and Risley, The Perry Preschool Project, and others. Trained volunteers visit with parents and caregivers to share age-specific resource kits that help caregivers stimulate their child’s healthy development. To support present-day caregivers, Bright … Read more >

Right Start for Colorado

The Mental Health Center of Denver was recently awarded a 5-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) grant to expand infant and early childhood mental health services throughout the state of Colorado. “Infants and toddlers are frequently overlooked in mental health policy and healthcare delivery systems,” … Read more >

Primary Care Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement for Early Childhood Screening and Referral: This initiative helps physicians to improve their developmental screening, referral and follow-up practices to promote optimal early childhood development. Quality Improvement for Pregnancy-Related Depression: This initiative helps primary care practices to improve their pregnancy-related depression screening, referral and follow-up practices. Studies show that maternal mental health can … Read more >

HealthySteps

ABCD is the program lead for HealthySteps in Colorado. We’re working to expand and implement HealthySteps across the state to ensure it’s delivered as designed to achieve optimal health outcomes for babies and young children. We partner in this effort with Children’s Hospital Colorado, which trains HealthySteps specialists and pilots and supports the implementation of … Read more >